A Collection Of The Political Writings Of William Leggett Volume 2

Paperback | July 9, 2012

byWilliam Leggett

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1840 edition. Excerpt: ...calls for the harshest treatment of bedlam. The soothing system is out of place here. That is proper to be applied only in the milder forms of lunacy. But the man who is so utterly frantic as to express unpopular opinions, should be dealt with somewhat after the fashion that keepers of insane hospitals deal with their raving and delirious patients. Instead of ordinary habiliments, his limbs should be swathed in a species of straight waistcoat--an unguen. tous integument, composed of molasses and boiling tar; he should be placed on a diet of rotten eggs; and for exercise, ridden a few miles, at a sharp trot, on a wooden rail. This is the mode of treatment which the madness of uttering unpopular opinions is considered as calling for, and we faithfully copy the prescription from the latest edition of the Political Pharmacopoeia, a chapter of which was transcribed from the Westchester Spy in the last number of our paper. It has been discovered, we believe, of late years, in Great Britain, that a free use of the halter is not the best possible mode of preventing petty crimes; and there are some who will probably question whether tar and feathers are a sovereign specific for the disease of abolitionism. Insanity, of the kind which the Massachusetts Madman displays, is certainly wonderfully on the increase. It has got to be an epidemic in the land; and what is most surprising, cases of the most aggravated description, and in the greatest numbers, occur in those neighbourhoods where the remedial measures have been most energetically applied. We have our doubts even, if some patriotic practitioner, should administer a dose of tar and molasses to Mr. Adams, whether the result would not be, not to effect a cure, but to spread the disease. The operation...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1840 edition. Excerpt: ...calls for the harshest treatment of bedlam. The soothing system is out of place here. That is proper to be applied only...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:100 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.21 inPublished:July 9, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217157912

ISBN - 13:9780217157919

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